There are just a few more days until Christmas and once again things are unsettled and uneasy. But we still have good books to delve into for escape, stimulation and hope for the future - if we choose wisely.

Many newspapers and magazines are offering round-ups of titles which their editors consider the best reads from the past twelve months, and in 'Suffolk' magazine, you can read some bookseller picks here. So we're never short of recommendations at this time of year.

But I've got into the habit of looking to the list compiled by the former US president, Barack Obama. It's usually an eclectic and intriguing mix. You can take a look at his titles for 2021 here. He has lists of his music and movie choices too - no mentions for Kermit the Frog or Peppa Pig.

So I hope you are able to enjoy this last week of preparations, stay well, and have a very happy Christmas.

Thank you for reading.